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Old 06-20-2006, 03:10 AM   #1
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G'day all,

First off, I'll apologise in advance for all the questions I'll ask yas
Having used MS-DOS / Windows for about 10 years now, and having become familiar with it, stepping into Linux almost seems like taking a long walk off a short cliff face

I'm one of 4 IT Techies at the local Uni residence, and we're looking to implement some basic features, like web servers / sites, gaming etc. etc.
With what I've heard of Linux, it seems to be the 'real' way to get the job done, which is what brings me here.
I've got myself the latest Ubuntu distro (6.06) in the hope that I can ease my way into it all and eventually move up the ranks into more advanced distros.


Old 06-20-2006, 04:07 AM   #2
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Old 06-20-2006, 04:29 AM   #3
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Old 06-20-2006, 11:35 AM   #4
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Hi PottsieAU. Knowing that you need to "ease your way" in is a good start. You spent 10 years learning Windows, it may take another 6-12 months to get up to full speed with Linux. Let me add that there is nothing wrong with Ubuntu. There is no need to "move up the ranks" as long as it does what you want. (Typically, the more esoteric distributions are merely harder to set up and maintain. Industry tends to focus on Red Hat and SUSE because they are running businesses, not trying to impress people.)
Old 06-23-2006, 01:39 PM   #5
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I agree with Cogar, there is no sense in using a distribution to impress the so-called, self-proclaimed "experts." Many of the "user-friendly" distributions provide a majority of the benefits the more "hardcore" distributions (e.g. Slackware) offer over Windows, with the added bonus of being "user-friendly" :P.


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